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Published on June 28th, 2009 | by Amiel Blajchman


Roof Shingles Made from Recycled Plastic and Rubber

June 28th, 2009 by  

Now, I’m no Bob Villa, but as a new homeowner who has to replace his roof, I have been looking into environmentally friendly alternatives to either asphalt or “premium” wood. And Enviroshake definitely falls into the first category. Made primarily of reclaimed materials, Enviroshake might just be the answer.
Their roof shingles are made out of post industrial plastic(s), recycled rubber elastomers and cellulosic fibre materials. Looking at the photos though, it’s pretty hard to tell that they’re made from former tires.

Other added benefits are that because these shingles are made of reclaimed materials, they don’t require any pretreatment, and once installed they’re maintenance free. According to the manufacturer, they’ll last for decades and can form part of a building’s LEED application.

So what’s the catch? They’re more expensive. Life’s like that sometimes.

Photo: courtesy of Enviroshake[social_buttons] 
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Amiel is the founder of the Globalis Group, an organization whose motto is "combining action and thought for a sustainable world." His experience includes working with the Canadian government on greenspace projects, sustainable development programs and on policy documents on issues as diverse as climate change, sustainable development, and the environmental and social impacts of transportation. He is listed on the UN’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory’s list of GHG experts, and has sat on the Canadian Environmental Certifications Board’s Greenhouse Gas Verification and Validation Certification committee.

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